May 26-28, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights
Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.
In January 2013, Richard Blanco became the youngest and first Hispanic and gay person to serve as the United States Presidential inaugural poet when he read his poem, “One Today,” at the swearing-in of President Obama.
“I think of the poem as a mirror,” Blanco says. “We stand in front of it to see our truest selves—but in the background is also reflected the rest of the world around us, so omnipresent we often do not see it.”
In this workshop, Blanco helps us to engage our private emotions, grapple with our personal truths, and express our griefs and joys while bringing into focus the larger consciousness of culture, gender, faith, and race in which our lives are embedded.
By reading poems across the ages, writing exercises, listening, and sharing our work, we discover how the expression of our personal voice meets compassion when we tap our lives into a larger, encompassing consciousness.
Whether you are a poet, a lover of poetry, or simply curious about poetry, join us as we discover what a poem can do for our hearts and souls—and the good work a poem can do for the world.
Richard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in United States history, and the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in that role.
Born in Madrid to Cuban-exiled parents and raised in Miami, his body of work is characterized by the negotiation of cultural identity and place. He is author of two memoirs, including For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey and three poetry collections. He also holds a degree in civil engineering.
The recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honorary doctorates, Richard is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and was named the first Education Ambassador of the Academy of American Poets in 2015.
Whether speaking as the Cuban Blanco or the American Richard, the homebody or the world traveler, the scared boy or the openly gay man, the engineer or the inaugural poet, Blanco’s writings possess a quality that illuminates the human spirit. His captivating images and accessible narratives invite readers to see themselves in his poems, as his work asks the universal questions: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world?
Spend a weekend immersed in the language of poetry to experience how a poem can move your heart and positively impact the world.
Gain confidence in expressing yourself through words, sharing your voice, and appreciating the work of others.
Engage with yourself on a deep level of inquiry, with the guidance of award-winning poet Richard Blanco.
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Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*
Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*
Register for a program without spending the night. Includes all meals + use of campus amenities. Limited availability.
From $95 per program night.***
Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:
Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.
*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.
***Plus tax. A program night starts upon check-in and goes through lunchtime of the following day (roughly 24 hrs).
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